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Sam’s Ultimate Failproof Guide to Packing

Extensive Packing List

Warning: This will seem like a lot, but it doesn’t once you get there, and you can use your own judgment as to whether or not you will need something. Also, this particular list is geared towards my specific univeristy

  1. Bedroom
    1. Bedding
      1. Duvet cover and insert or comforter
      2. Matching sham
      3. Sheets and pillow cases (I recommend two sets of cotton minimum, one set of flannel in addition is optional)
      4. Egg crate topper (super cheap but super comfy after the first few nights—you may want to get a second one towards the end of the school year)
      5. Mattress pad—holds the topper in place
      6. Mattress protector (as recommended by an Anon). Some universities have bed bug problems, and you never really know what happened on your bed before it was yours, and this will help ensure a little more help on the cleanliness front.
      7. Pillows
      8. Stuffed animals
    2. Desk Area
      1. Stapler
      2. printer, ink, and paper
      3. Three hole punch
      4. Binders and notebooks
        1. For some classes you’ll want to keep every piece of paper ever (things related to your major and math classes), so these will need to be in binders.
        2. Math and science classes lend themselves to hand-written notes, so you’ll want to use a binder with loose leaf paper or the notebook of your choosing for those.
          *note* My personal favorites are Mead Five Start Flex Hybrid Notebinders
      5. Pens, pencils, Sharpies (you will use black and silver frequently for labeling random things)
      6. Tape dispenser (can be a cheap $2 plastic one, or a heavy duty, belongs in the office of a CEO one)
      7. glue sticks (yes, you will use them)
      8. Headphones
      9. Phone and laptop
      10. Phone and laptop chargers
      11. HDMI cord (literally the most used item in my dorm room)
      12. Power strip
      13. Desk lamp
      14. Post Its, paperclips, extra staples, push pines
    3. Closet and Laundry
      1. Leave your high school shirts at home unless you want to use them as sleep shirts. You’ll get plenty of shirts from your college or university.
      2. Hangers. Mine are mismatched and plastic and came straight from my closet at my mother’s.
      3. Hamper. You can choose your preference here. I prefer sturdy plastic with handles, but my roommate loved her fabirc one. Walmart has one that rolls, which is cool. Maybe you just want a laundry bag.
      4. Detergent.
      5. Fabric softener and Downy balls
      6. Dryer sheets
    4. Other
      1. Fridge
      2. coffee mugs (can use for tea, coffee, soup, ice water, milk for cookies, Spaghetti-Os, literally anything you can think of)
      3. microwave if you don’t have one in the common area/common area is far away
      4. Small table lamp or floor lamp (put this somewhere across the room from the desk lamp because overhead lighting is the worst)
      5. Books and movies
      6. TV (optional, I use mine as a second monitor pretty frequently)
      7. Video game console, accessories, and games (if desired)
      8. Purse/wallet
      9. Trash bags
      10. ALL THE CLEANING SUPPLIES
      11. Canvases, posters, pictures, corkboards, etc
      12. Command strips (the Velcro kind of the absolute best) and sticky tack (Loc-Tite brand, it’s blue)
      13. Keurig or coffee pot (if you’re into that) and all the fixin’s
  2. Bathroom – some of these are included because I have a bathroom within my dorm room
    1. Trash can
    2. Shower curtain, liner, and rings
    3. Bathmat
    4. Toilet brush and cleaner
    5. Plunger. Plumbing on campuses can be iffy
    6. Lady supplies (if you need those sort of things)
    7. Toiletries and makeup
    8. Some sort of caddy if you’re living in traditional or you’re sharing your bathroom with multiple people and don’t want to clutter the counter
    9. Toothbrush holder
    10. Soap dispenser
    11. hand towels, bath towels, wash cloths
The ULTIMATE What-Shit-To-Pack List for a UK Uni Student-to-be

Im compiling a list (and jeez its long so youre in for the long hall on this one) of stuff to take to uni :) so heres what ive compiled to be the essentials for you.

Pointers: this list is based on living in en suite accom with a ¾ bed and is self catered.

Firstly.

IKEA IS YOUR FRIEND. ALL HAIL IKEA

A lot of stuff you probably have at home already, bring it rather than buy new.

I will judge you silently if you don’t have an empty alcohol bottle collection by the end of first year.

Clothing

Essentially the usual stuff youd take on holiday, but more of it. Think about where in the country youre living (THE NORTH IS FUCKING COLD JUST FYI) and what weathers we get during the year.

 Also have a mix of party and practical clothing. The lil black dress for the society formal? Yes! Those heels for that job interview? Yes! The trainers, jeans and hoodie combo? Hell yes!

Hoodies are beautiful, you will live in them.

Lots and lots and lots of underwear.

Bedding

Duvet + pillows

Duvet case +  pillow cases (2 sets)

Sheets (2 sets)

Mattress protector (to turn the hard squeaky bed into a comfy marshmallow of love)

Cushions and teddies from home because aesthetic

A blanket or two (REFER TO DESCRIPTION OF THE NORTH)

 

Bedroom Furniture

Desk lamp

Storage baskets/boxes

Washing hamper and/or bin

Plug extensions

Laptop stand

Doorstop

Stuff/mementos to decorate room a little

Speakers for ipod/iphone

Clothes hangers

Door hanger shoe organiser (because you can store scarves/hats/etc in them too!

 

Uniwork:

Diary/Planner. I wholeheartedly recommend one from staples! You can move stuff without tearing pages out, write in your own dates/months etc so pages aren’t wasted and can get plastic sleeves for memory sticks etc and those coloured book marker thingies.

Notebooks for each module (way less disorganised than sheets of paper and folders)

Lined paper (good for scrap or that shitty 5 credit plagiarism module you have to do)

Post-it notes

Paperclips and pushpins

Pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpner, highlighters etc

Washi tape – its special tape that you can use to stick things to the walls instead of blu tak as it doesn’t leave a mark! That’s how all my posters are stuck up. Its about £3 on amazon :)

Laptop, bag, charger, mouse, mousemat

 

In your “Man Drawer” – yes that is a reference to Michael McIntyre but trust me you’ll have one of these

At least a months worth of any prescription meds youre on so youre covered until you’ve signed up to a doctors

Batteries – AA and AAA are most useful

Plasters – for the times when you drop the knife and slash yourself and need to not bleed all over your dinner haha

Paracetamol and ibuprofen

Passport, ID, Have a folder of important docs: contract, copy of results, important certificates (sadly the pen licence you got in year 4 wont get you into a bar im afraid) CV etc

Torch

Lanyard to keep your flatkeys and fob on

 

Bathroom

 S

hampoo, conditioner, showergel, soap,

Hand soap

Toothbrush, toothpaste

Flannels and towels

A shower hanger – you get them from ikea and they hang off of the door, they then can be used to store things like shampoo and soap

Razors, pads and tampons

Deodorant

A washbag (for when you travel home

Loo paper

Bleach, shower cleaner, sponge and j cloths

 

Kitchen

 

16 piece set of cheap as shit cutlery – IT WILL GO WALKIES

Cheap drinking glasses

Cheap crockery – plates, mugs, bowl, - ACCEPT THAT IT MAY BE BROKEN

3 sizes of pot. One for soup/instant noodles (aka food of the gods) one for pasta and a large one for the weekends when youre making 1.5 kilos of spaghetti bolognaise to last 4 meals.

Frying pan

Tuppaware – greatest invention

Spatula and cooking spoon and mixing spoons etc

Pyrex bowl

Knife

Grater

Teatowels

Misc

 

Biscuit tin and biscuits

Pack of cards and/or cards against humanity

Overnight bag (for the weekend home)

Suitcase (for dragging a load of washing home at xmas)

Ikea bag – the haut couture of students when carrying their laundry down to the laundry room

 

Things youll get given in freshers:

The opportunity to buy a cactus. -  my cacti are called Edmund and Baldrick. They are my best friends.

Energy drink

Keys

Condoms – even if you don’t plan to use them now keep them just in case. You genuinely never know trust me.

greygreenwolf rachelah93 and stark-and-spice I hope this is useful!

Making 1.5kg of spaghetti bolognaise is  great. trust me.

I wanted to put photos on this but tumblr is shitty. so if you need picks ask and ill post them separate

Picture Book

When Tord is first adopted and is still settling into his newest home, (which he doesn’t bother learning about since he knows it’s only a matter of time before Paul and Patryk are tired of him and send him back) he doesn’t know what to think of his dads.
Patryk is nice enough, he makes sure Tord isn’t cold, he helps Tord with the fiddly buttons on his pajamas and he always speaks softly when Tord can’t remember an English word, he always soothes him by hushing the little Norwegian and reminding him he has lots of time to learn.
And then there’s Paul, who is much more reserved than Patryk is, he’s quieter and seems to be permanently frowning, and the way he is built scares Tord just a little bit, although he won’t admit to it.
He feels bad getting scared by Paul and wonders why he doesn’t get hit when he flinches away from his dad’s touch.
For the first time it’s just him and Paul, Patryk is only next door helping the nice old lady who smells like cookies and candy move some furniture but he doesn’t feel as safe knowing Paul could probably step on him.
He looks too much like his real father, the only differences being his build, eye colour and his accent.
Luckily he’s been left to his own devices while Paul’s in the shower and Tord takes the opportunity to be nosey and wander into the flat a little, something he hadn’t gotten the chance to do before.

His room is mostly bare, he has his big soft bed that could fit at least three people in if they cuddled close, with a batman quilt and pillow case, and a set of oak drawers where he put the small pile of clothes he had, and his teddy bear ‘Edgar’, who sits in the middle of the bed and protects him from the monsters that try to get out of the empty closet at night.

He can’t explore the bathroom, and he feels like he could get in trouble if he goes into his parent’s room without permission, so he toddles into the living room.
It’s a normal living room, with a burgundy couch and matching armchair, and a huge TV that could probably squish him if it fell, there’s also a sleek black coffee table in the middle resting on a big, furry white rug that reminds Tord of polar bears.
Behind the armchair is a small corner and a bookshelf, most of the books have long titles that he can’t quite read yet and there aren’t any picture books like they had back at the orphanage, still he doesn’t miss that place.
As he scans over the spines of the books he notices one that juts out like a rusty nail, it’s white and longer than the others with a long gold string hanging over the edge, Tord slides it out gently and holds it in his hands.
It’s a pristine white with golden cursive writing adorning the front, he can read ‘Patryk and Paul’ but that’s it so he opens the cover very carefully and looks through it.

The first picture is of two little boys around his age holding hands, the taller one has long brown hair tied up in a red ribbon and the shorter one has spikier hair and thick eyebrows, Tord lets out a very tiny gasp when he realises that the two boys are his dads.
It’s weird to look at your parents and realise they were kids too.
The next page is the same, with Patryk still the taller boy even as they’ve aged and look older than Tord now, although they’re not holding hands anymore they’re still smiling, Patryk has a missing front tooth and Paul still has his big furry eyebrows.
Next they’re lankier and look just about in the awkward stages of puberty, Patryk’s bangs are covering his eyes and he’s wearing braces and Paul has bad acne on his face and the start of a beard, Patryk has his arm around Paul’s waist and Tord can see the pink on Paul’s cheeks.
Another turn of the page and they don’t have a photo together, instead they have two separate photos of them in front of two different buildings and the photos have been taped together crudely with pink sharpie hearts around Patryk’s side and orange hearts around Paul’s side.
Another page, they’re together again and they’re crying hard, with red eyes and tear stains but they’re both smiling and Patryk has his right hand lifted up and not so subtely showing off a diamond ring.
He goes to turn the page again but is stopped by a gruff voice.
“What’re you doing here Tord?” Paul crouches down beside him and looks at the book, only responding with an ‘Oh.’
Tord braces himself for a beating but it never comes and the only touch he gets is Paul lifting him into his arms and sitting him down on the sofa.
“You’ve been looking through our book, have you?” Tord nods but doesn’t look up, he’s disappointed Paul.
Except he hasn’t and Paul sits down beside him with the clean white book in his hands, still on the same page Tord had left it on and motions for Tord to come closer.
“See, this is when I proposed, Patryk had just graduated and I had been dying to ask him for years.” Tord takes a closer look at the ring, it’s beautiful and he realises he’s seen it on Patryk’s finger before.
Paul turns the page to show a collage of photos from their wedding.
“There was a blizzard at our wedding but Patryk still wanted to get married anyway, I got pneumonia on our Honeymoon.” Paul chuckled and Tord leaned in closer to his chest to see the photos.
Patryk wore a black suit with a white shirt and pink tie, while Paul wore a white suit, black shirt and orange tie, the photos were all professionally taken, with a small watermark in the lower right corner and in every single one they were smiling and staring at each other instead of the camera.
“I tell you, he was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” His cheeks are dusted pink as he turns the page, pausing to ruffle Tord’s hair, there are two more pages of wedding photos, of his dads, his grandparents and other people who he hadn’t met yet, and everything looked really fun, the weddings he’d seen on TV and in books were boring, but Paul and Patryk weren’t boring.
Paul turns the page again and it’s blank, save for some more fancy cursive written in red.
“Can you read that Tord?” Paul asks gently, like Patryk does, and Tord has to shake his head.
“Right, it says, ‘Today Paul and I are going to sign the paperwork and adopt Tord, I can’t wait to fill this book with pictures of him too!” Tord’s heart skips a beat, they really did want him, didn’t they?
Paul wasn’t like his real dad, and Patryk was just as nice as he acted, they were the best parents he could ask for, and he felt bad thinking they would hurt him.
He curled himself into Paul’s lap and hugged his waist as tight as his small arms could.

“Thank you so much daddy, I love you.” Paul felt tears prick his eyes.
“I love you too, little trooper.”


for @imagining-eddsworld and @ew-tho because I love my buds v much and also lil tord has taken over my life.

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